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One Eyed Girl Poster Character Campaign
The OEG Teaser Trailer is online and beginning to circulate. Get it out there and spread the word!
2012 was a year of the unexpected, filled with many highs and lows, twists and turns, new found friends and new experiences. When the year began I found myself working full-time in a music store, occasionally jumping into the odd corporate gig. By the end of the year I had moved house, performed in a series of challenging school shows, collaborated with some amazing artists on two other wonderful productions, completed a feature film, seen independent theatre company fivepointone move into a new exciting era, begun rehearsals for a future show and was still working in the music store. Back in January I would never have expected the year to end how it did. Having said this, being a freelance artist often means you will have a surprising year
Now we’re a month into 2013 and I’m embarking on this year’s first adventure. An ensemble of four artists are heading to The US and Canada with Windmill for a 5 month tour of Grug. Last year I was lucky enough to be offered a spot in this 2013 ensemble line up and jump straight into a weeks intensive rehearsal with Hamish, Ellen, Lisa and Sam (DIrector extraordinaire).
I’ll be keeping a travel blog of all our american adventures.
Check it out below…
If you live in Sydney, or happen to find yourself there in the next few weeks… you need to see The Share by Daniel Keene. It is an incredible play and certainly a unique theatrical experience. Directed by Corey McMahon and produced by Peter Gahan in association with five.point.one, The Share is a gritty and poetic glimpse at life on the streets for Tex and Sugar.
Tex and Sugar are best mates. They’ve lived as vagrants together since they were kids. They are broke, bored and looking for trouble. Following a tip from a mysterious one-eyed kid, they plan a violent attack on a drug dealer and his dog. But who will get a share of the spoils?
The Share marks award-winning director Corey McMahon’s Sydney debut. I’ve been lucky enough to work with Corey in the past, and I think Sydney is in for a treat! The cast is equally as exciting, featuring the talents of five.point.one ensemble member Scott Marcus, (returning to the role of Tex), the wonderful Tom Conroy as Sugar and Tim Spencer.
In a recent GNN article, written by Garrett Bithall, Scott described The Share as “intense as it is funny. The audience is placed very close to the action, which ranges from hilarious to brutal. It’s like dirty urban cowboy jazz. The atmosphere is enveloping, but be prepared to feel uneasy.”
The play by the award-winning Daniel Keene is accompanied by a live music score by Luke Greenhalgh. It runs from Nov 21 until Dec 8 at The Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre.
For more visit…
For Bithall’s article
The Share - GNN
Image by Lauren Smeaton
If you are going to do stuff then you should be getting strong reactions. I don’t want audiences to be going, ‘Yeah, that’s all right.
One of the great things about starting an Acting/Directing/Arts career in Adelaide is the amazing, tight-knit friendships and support network that you build. No matter where you go, there are always connections directly linking back home. Adelaide is also always reliable for bringing people back to collaborate and create work together again.
Working on One Eyed Girl is wonderful for many reasons, one of them being that I have the chance to reunite and collaborate with people I haven’t seen and worked with in years. Sara Jane West is one of these people. Over the last year her production company, Salvage Productions has been working on a brand new Short… River Water.
Written and directed by Sara, with the generous support of the Flinders Drama Centre and the Helpmann Academy, River Water was shot in April 2012. This ambitious yet authentic film captures the best and worst of isolated South Australia in the 1970’s. Set on the banks of the River Murray; River Water follows the story of Pigeon; a young girl trying to escape her family while trying desperately to find them.
One Eyed Girl is a dark thriller about a thirty-something psychiatrist, Travis who is haunted by the death of his girlfriend. On the brink of a nervous breakdown he stumbles across a church run by a charismatic leader, Pastor Jay. In search of answers Travis is led deeper and deeper into the underworld of religious fanaticism, home to a Doomsday cult and a mysterious teenage girl named Grace.
Directed by Nick Matthews, written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and Produced by David Ngo, this is Projector Films’ first feature.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be cast as Marcus, a 19 year old who has been living on the streets, enduring a tough life and personal traumas, only to be taken in by the church and promised salvation. The casting call went out via social media and casting agents for numerous roles. Marcus was one of them… since then Marcus has evolved into a pivotal role, fraught with a harrowing emotional journey and I’m thrilled to be working on it.
Filming has already begun. In fact it’s about to begin it’s third week. My first shoot date was a couple of weeks ago. It was exhausting but still a fun and cathartic experience. I’ll keep the blog updated with pics and news as we go.
For more visit www.oneeyedgirlthemovie.com
Brink Productions joins forces with English Touring Theatre on a powerful new collaboration, Thursday. In Australia exciting new works of scale and ambition are rare because they are expensive and this is a reality we cannot ignore. To help Brink finally enter rehearsals confidently and fully-resourced they need your help to raise a further $13000. I’ve just made a pledge myself. Show your support for this incredible group and help them tell this story.
five.point.one decided to do something a little different this year. A project that had been discussed and engaged with much trepidation… something like this hadn’t been done before. It was a mammoth undertaking… but too exciting to pass up!
The Reading Sessions: 14 play readings by 13 playwrights over 14 consecutive nights in September 2012 and run by a skeleton crew… But somehow fivepointone and our collaborating artists involved emerged out the other end of it unscathed and in fact reinvigorated.
The process was this… In July we ventured into the land of social media, various arts and word-of-mouth channels to put out a call for exciting works by Aussie playwrights. The response was overwhelming, especially given the initial lack of information given about the project. We were looking to highlight and expose a myriad of Aussie pieces that hadn’t been seen here and eventually uncover our 2013 season. It was also a chance to see and hear some gems performed by Adelaide talent.
I have made many new friends and read a plethora of amazing plays by some incredible playwrights. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the project. Thank you to the playwrights for sharing your work. I look forward to fostering relationships with all the new artists I’ve met along the way and I’m very excited for next year!
An article from today’s Adelaide Advertiser discussing the upcoming feature film One Eyed Girl and it’s young cast, including myself, Katy Cheel, Sebastian Freeman, Nic English and Lachie Wilson.
This was taken during one of our first rehearsals, at the Japanese Gardens.
THE SHARE BY DANIEL KEENE
HELP SEND THE SHARE TO SYDNEY
MATT CROOK BASED ON LUKE ASHBY’S ‘Misery Guts’ and ‘Leave It To E’
PRODUCTION STILLS BY
CASSANDRA BACKLER, BEN FLETT & LAUREN SMEATON
This is an exciting opportunity for us to present the very best independent theatre from Adelaide! Unfortunately, taking a production interstate costs money. five.point.one is a fully independent theatre ensemble. We do not receive government funding and so we’re looking for your help to get us there.
We’ve set up a fundraising campaign on the Pozible Crowd-funding website. Pozible is a fantastic way to help artists create their work. Crowd-funding is a secure way to pledge your support for our project. Your details are not used for any other purpose, and your pledge is only processed if we make our target.
Every dollar will help us get to Sydney! You’ll be making an investment in great art and you’ll be rewarded for your pledge too! It’s our way of saying “thank you!”.
For more information, please read on! To make a pledge or to watch our information video go to: www.pozible.com/theshare
If you know of anyone who may be interested in supporting our production, we would be so grateful if you would forward this info on.
Thanks for your help!
About the Project
five.point.one has been invited to present their award-winning production of THE SHARE, by Daniel Keene at The Reginald Theatre, Sydney as part of the 2012 season. This is a fantastic opportunity for South Australian artists to take their work to Sydney and showcase the very best independent theatre from Adelaide!
In 2010, five.point.one staged THE SHARE at The Bakehouse Theatre. THE SHARE was awarded ‘Best Drama, Professional’ at The Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards and actor Matt Crook was awarded ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ by the Adelaide Critics’ Circle for his performance.
“This is gritty theatre that kicks your conscience. It’s compelling stuff!”, The Sunday Mail
“The Share is a riveting hour of theatre!”, The Advertiser
five.point.one is an award-winning independent theatre ensemble based in Adelaide. Since our debut in 2009, we have earned a reputation for producing our own unique style of contemporary theatre that is daring, exciting and provocative. We have produced the very best contemporary theatre from some of theatre’s most influential playwrights.
five.point.one produces theatre that has not been staged in Adelaide before. We choose playwrights who are courageous with their work - challenging both audiences and artists alike. We believe all good theatre must start with good writing and five.point.one places the playwright at the forefront of the creative process.
five.point.one are: Matthew Crook, Claire Glenn, Elleni Karagiannidis, Bridget Mackay, Scott Marcus and Brad Williams
Directed by: Corey McMahon
Original production design: Cass Backler
Lighting Design: Ben Flett
Associate Designer: Manda Webber
Music Composition: Luke Ashby
The cinema is an important part of my life. It’s a place I’ve gone when I’ve been happy, to celebrate, for birthdays, to catch up with friends. It has also been a place of retreat – somewhere to be solitary, but not alone. To distract me from situations, thoughts and decisions which otherwise swamp my mind.
There are not that many places we have like this as a society, where we can sit in a room full of strangers and all share the same experience – whether it is hating on terrible dialogue or being amazed at a new effect which within three months will become run of the mill.
So the thought that last night, in one city, this changed from a scene of anticipation to one of horror is almost impossible for me to comprehend.
It worries me how desensitised I’ve become to hearing of random shootings and death – it’s almost like it has become an expected occurrence now. I don’t know how wide the news of the shooting at the midnight screening of Batman in Denver has spread, but this one, at least to me, felt different. It shouldn’t. It’s worrying that it does. Any shooting is horrible. For this I guess it’s maybe because I can relate more. I go to the cinema almost once a week. I’ve worked in two cinemas, and it is horrible to think that this happened in a crowd no different from any of the others I watched excitedly line up to see the film last night.
I’ve never been to America. I don’t know much about the constitution. But I just don’t understand how the free availability of guns is still a thing. I have no doubt there are people capable of this kind of thing in every country – but the fact that it happens time and time again in the U.S.A. should surely speak louder than the words of men who lived hundreds of years ago, in an era when women didn’t have the vote, and where people still had slaves.
My friend Elizabeth. Elizabeth and I went to see The Dark Knight Rises last night at her work as this news was coming through, and it was irrationally terrifying. Elizabeth posted this on her Facebook wall and I just wanted to share. (via scampbelljar)